Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hidden Treasures in Texas






Texas is an area yet to be explored by Frugal Family Travelers.  However, at the request of some of our loyal followers we did some investigating and made some great discoveries worthy of your attention.   This information will be useful for all the  Frugal Family Travelers out there debating on which direction to head this summer for a family vacation. 

A special thanks is extended to all of our readers who shared there knowledge of the resources you will find below.   If you read our blog often you know that we are particularly a fan of travel that takes us "off the beaten path".  The links below certain fit the bill.  Enjoy discovering Texas!

Tubing:


14 Tiny Towns that are Worth the Visit:


Great Swimming Holes:




Great Article:


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Natchitoches Itinerary Day 3......Fort St. Jean Baptist



Our Frugal Family Travelers are taking our readers on a vacation adventure to the Natchitoches, LA area.  Day 1 of our itinerary featured the adventures to be had with your family at Hodges Gardens State Park.  If you missed "Day 1" and want to catch up, "click here".  Day 2 of our itinerary featured our exciting white water adventure on the Kisatchie Bayou in the Kisatchie National Forest.   "Click here" to view this itinerary.

Day 3:
Kids + History = Boring......not for our Frugal Family Travelers and not for your crew either, IF 
you find immersive experiences for them.  Living history can be engaging and fun for both children and adults, if it is interactive!  For this reason we enjoyed our visit to Fort St. Jean Baptiste.  Upon arrival, we viewed the exhibit in the lobby and then a brief film which outlined the history of the Fort.   After this, a short walk was taken to the entrance of the fort, where we were greeted by a man in period costume who gave us an artillery demonstration. From there, we proceeded into the fort, where we made all sorts of discoveries.   Our Frugal Family Travelers particularly enjoyed making sparks with flint to see how fires were started long ago. This is something children can read about in a textbook but truly becomes a real part of them when experienced! From the pictures and video you can see the awesome experience we shared as a family, all while keeping more dollars in the bank!   I won't review all of the historical information about the fort but if you want to read about it before your visit you can always do so on the website.  The Louisiana State Parks system not only features great parks for recreation but numerous historic sites like the one we discovered in Natchitoches, as well.  When planning a trip, I encourage you to examine the state parks and historic sites in the areas you plan to visit!

Tips:
*Pack water sunscreen and insect repellent! 
* Again, consider a purchasing a state park pass.  Click here for details.

Note:  
Be sure and check out the letterboxes in this area! To learn more about letterboxing, click here to read our blog about it!  Coming soon..........Park Hopping is not just for those in Disney World!!!

Directions 

Click on video to see a highlight from our day!

Viewing the Film


Our journey to the fort begins!

The artillery demonstration work us up for sure!


Exploring!


Feed us please!



(Be sure to click on all highlighted text within the blog for additional information regarding activities, including websites, special instructions and travel directions!)

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Free Family Event THIS Weekend: Wild Things!




If you are looking for a great free festival event for the whole family then mark October 18th on your calendar and visit "Wild Things"!!  Sponsored and hosted each year by the  Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, "Wild Things" features canoeing, art exhibits, scavenger hunts, wildlife challenge course, tours, music and SO much more!   This is a day our Frugal Family Travelers look forward to every year! We were quite disappointed when it was canceled last year during the government shut down. We are certainly glad it's back this year!!



Slidell Parade Schedules and Parade Routes



Pioneer Christmas at Mile Branch Settlement



This holiday, step back in time to experience an old fashioned Christmas like something out of a book or movie by paying a visit to the Mile Branch Settlement's Pioneer Christmas in Franklinton, LA. For those who have not heard of the Mile Branch Settlement, it is a pioneer village, created using historic cabins relocated from places all over Washington Parish.  The first cabin was moved to the site in 1976.  Now over 20 historic structures are present, which serve the purpose of preserving the history/culture of the 1800's and early 1900's as well as the cabins themselves.   Each year, at Christmas, the village is transformed into what one would see and experience at a typical "pioneer" Christmas.   The village comes alive with arts, crafts, decorations, music, food, and folks dressed in period costumes. There is even a visit from Santa himself.   The Pioneer Christmas is only open for two days on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th.   The festivities get started with a Pioneer Christmas Parade (horse drawn buggies and wagons, as well as period dress) on December 6th at 10:00 a.m.     Our Frugal Family Travelers have visited Mile Branch Settlement's Pioneer Christmas in past years and are looking forward to this yet again!   Mark your calendar, you won't want to miss this neat opportunity!

Cost:   Free 

Tips:  Click here for a map of the Parade Route

Activity Schedule:  

Hours of Operation:  Saturday, December 6th - 10-5 pm; Sunday, December 7th - 12-5 pm
  
Directions:


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Consider Visiting the 1850 House



Our recent Frugal Family adventure found us in New Orleans admiring the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral while in route to the 1850 House.  Just inside the historic Jackson Square, the 1850 House represents the oldest example of apartment living in the United States.  The "row houses" were built to serve as sumptuous residences on the two upper floors with retail spaces on the ground level. The house is furnished with period pieces that depict 19th century living.   One can discover stories of those who lived here and of the Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, who was responsible for building the upper and lower Pontalba buildings which flank the square.  Our Frugal Family Travelers enjoyed this adventure and the stop to Cafe du Monde for beignets.  The best part about this adventure is it didn't break the bank!!

When planning your trip here consider the links listed in the "tips" section below which suggest other offerings nearby.  

Cost:  Admission:  Adults - $3; Seniors -  $2; Children 12 and under -  FREE,  (No Reservations Necessary)

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday - Sunday 10:00-4:30 p.m.
  
Tips:   Consider pairing this with some of the other nearby NOLA adventures on our blog to create  more adventures for your Frugal Family Travelers:

1.  Historic New Orleans Collection and other area museums.
2.  Pack a lunch and visit Crescent Park after your visit to the 1850 House. 


Directions: (click address to see Google Map)



View from the courtyard 

Having fun in the gift shop!

Enjoying beignets and coffee after our visit. 


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ice skating at Northshore Mall


The small ice storm last year was enough to cause our Frugal FamyTravelers  here in SouthLouisiana to dream about the possibility of a "white Christmas"!  With that said, here in the south, there are no snowballs (unless you count the ones at the snowball stands) and there are certainly no frozen ponds on which to skate.  However, all that changes this season with free indoor ice skating being offered at the Northshore Square Mall in Slidell.  

Frugal Family Travelers gives this location four "waves of fun"!!

Cost:   Free, skates provided

Dates and Times:
Now through December 31st! Skate times listed on the picture at the top of the page!  

Note: The skating surface is a synthetic plastic surface similarly used on TV for skating demonstrations.  

Directions: 150 Northshore Blvd. Slidell, LA

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